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Brochure (e-tech articles): Preventing a blackout – EN

The range and cost of global malicious cyber activities (cyber attacks) are growing.
The cost is forecast to reach USD 2 000 billion by 2019, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of USD 500 billion. In addition to financial losses, concern is growing regarding attacks on critical infrastructure sectors. Safeguarding various parts of critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is becoming a priority for most countries. Energy installations are central to the entire critical infrastructure: without electricity there’s no transport system, no fresh water supply or waste water treatment, healthcare facilities, factories can no longer function.

As a result energy installations have become prime targets for cyber attacks in recent years some, arguably, to find out about possible vulnerabilities that can be exploited with a crippling effect
at a later date. Power grids have been taken down, dams and nuclear power plants have been targeted.

Protecting critical infrastructure, energy systems in particular, requires following a broad range of standards, such as the IEC/ISO 27000 family of International Standards on information security management, and industry-specific Standards prepared by a number of standards developing organizations, including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC –

The IEC has issued 235 IT security-related publications, i.e. International Standards, Technical Requirements (TR), Technical Specifications (TS); some 160 have been developed by several Subcommittees of ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology, including the IEC/ISO 27000 family.

IEC Technology Report: LVDC: electricity for the 21st century – EN

Low voltage direct current (LVDC) is a disruptive technology that fundamentally accelerates energy access and improves energy efficiency. LVDC applications are many and varied, and can be applied in every country in the world.

In developed economies, the main drivers for the use of LVDC are the improvement of energy efficiency and power quality as well as the conversion to renewable

In developing economies, the standardization of various aspects of LVDC is likely to have a profound impact by facilitating electricity access in even the remotest of villages.

This Technology Report examines LVDC in terms of market potential, access to energy, voltage standardization, safety and other key considerations. It pools the collective expertise and know-how of experts from all around the world.

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Brochure (e-tech articles): Focus on solar energy – EN

This brochure contains a selection of articles from our magazine, e-tech, on the work of IEC for solar energy.

Brochure: IEC and energy – EN, ES

Electricity is the enabler of our modern lives.  Without electricity there is no economic development, no global trade, and no industrial activity. The IEC core business is electricity and electronics.

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Brochure (e-tech articles): IEC work for Renewable Energy – EN

You will find in this brochure a selection of articles from our magazine, e-tech, on the work of IEC for Renewable Energy

Infographic: Building disaster resilience

When disaster strikes, power is one of the first things that is cut. Many daily activities, services and products we use require electricity.

The infographic shows how IEC standardization work strengthens infrastructure and helps in disaster recovery.

Infographic: Connected cars – Driving the future

As part of the IoT, connected cars enable various levels of automated driving and are opening up new in-vehicle services. Several IEC technical committees produce International Standards which support the technology in these cars.

Brochure (e-tech articles): International Standards for today’s and tomorrow’s technologies – EN

You will find in this brochure a selection of articles from our magazine, e-tech, on the work of IEC for printed electronics.

Infographic: AAL – Enabling silver economy

Anyone of any age or gender can benefit from Active Assisted Living (AAL). The proportion of people aged over 60 will almost double from 12 to 20% between 2015 and 2050, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In line with this, the WHO states that currently more than one billion people live with some form of disability worldwide. The figure is expected to rise in the coming years as populations age.